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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212
Cell: (417) 365-2727
Email: vcoleman@cofo.edu

February 01, 2018

College of the Ozarks hosts Making Good[s] Exhibition at Boger Art Gallery, now through Feb. 15, 2018

Art piece by C of O professorCollege of the Ozarks professor of art, Dr. Richard Cummings, created the piece entitled “Baby Bottle” for the Making Good[s] art exhibition which runs through Feb. 15, 2018, in the Boger Art Gallery in the Jones Building on campus.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks is hosting an art exhibit, Making Good[s], now through Feb. 15, 2018, in the Boger Art Gallery in the Jones Building on campus. The hours are 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. weekdays while the College is in session.

Artists from Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) were partnered with entrepreneurs selected through Asbury Seminary’s Office of Faith, Work, and Economics for the exhibition. Making Good[s] explores humanity’s ability to invent, create, and make in diverse disciplines by placing artists and entrepreneurs of Christian faith in collaboration with one another to discover how each brings good to the world.

Work and art are activities that involve the making of goods as well as contributing to the common good. The exhibit advances the conviction that business and art reflect God’s creative character and invites others to create goods and services that are both artful and useful as a means of generating a positive social change.

“The Making Good[s] exhibit is a beautiful example of the power of relationships. It was a collaborative vision amongst the Asbury Theological Seminary’s Office of Faith, Work, and Economics; CIVA | Christians in the Visual Arts; the Howard Dayton School of Business; and Asbury’s Art Department,” said Meg Swayze, Asbury University gallery coordinator. “Equally important in this exhibit is the relationship between two people sharing similar hopes and dreams to use their gifts for changing the world—the entrepreneur and artist. This relationship then opens up new dialogue as it is exhibited. The story continues to live on with new audiences.”

College of the Ozarks professor of art, Dr. Richard Cummings, is one of the six artists featured in this exhibit. Since becoming a member of CIVA, Cummings has been involved in numerous CIVA exhibitions as an artist and curator. He currently is a member of CIVA’s board of directors.

He created five original pieces of artwork specifically for this exhibition.

“These pieces were created in direct response to the nature and ethos of the company [The Carpenter Shop] and entrepreneur [William O’Neal] that I was paired with,” Cummings said. “The Carpenter Shop is a social entrepreneurship company that trains Asbury University undergraduates in woodworking skills through designing, fabricating, and selling custom wood furniture to clients. Joshua Moon was the business student training with Mr. O’Neal at the time. With the skills he has learned from association with Mr. O’Neal and The Carpenter Shop, Joshua hopes to return to his home country of Ghana to start a business where the jobs and profits will empower women and girls to leave the illegal sex trade.

“I work in the medium of assemblage” Cummings said. “I find the bits of society that have been broken, discarded, and forgotten and combine them in community with one another to create a beautiful wholeness of form. At its core, my artwork is a metaphor for redemption. Christ takes the broken and forgotten people of this world and redeems them to a beautiful community (the church). As the perfected Christ bore his scars after his resurrection, the scars of my pieces are essential to aesthetic of my pieces.”

Cummings received his B.A. in English literature from Milligan College, his M.A.F.A. in studio art from the University of Leeds in England, and his D.W.S. from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Cummings has exhibited nationally and internationally, and his work has been featured in Christianity Today online, Seen magazine, The Creative Church Handbook and in Ruminate Magazine.

For information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman at (417) 690-2212.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest and No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.

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02.01.2018 – Kyle Duncan 

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